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Killer of Swedish minister arrested
Wednesday, 17 September , 2003, 04:27

Stockholm: Swedish police on Tuesday arrested the man they had been seeking in connection with the killing of foreign minister Anna Lindh, amid media reports that he was linked to the country's neo-Nazi organisations.


"The man for whom an arrest warrant had been issued has been caught," Stockholm police spokeswoman Stina Wessling told AFP. "We are satisfied."

Police did not reveal the name of the suspect, who was arrested at about 9 pm (1900 GMT) in a pub-restaurant in Stockholm's Solna suburb.

According to one report, the man was watching a football match on television when he was arrested.

One news website showed pictures of the suspect being escorted to a police car by two officers, with his face hidden.

The arrest was witnessed by a crowd of football fans, other news websites said.

A number of media outlets said the suspect was the man police had been hunting since his picture was captured by a video camera at the department store where Lindh was stabbed on September 10.

They described him as a 35-year-old who moved in Swedish right-wing extremist circles.

"He is close to some of the most notorious neo-Nazis in Sweden," one report said.

The suspect was also said to have a criminal record dating back to 1987 and to have served short spells in prison for theft, vandalism and illegal possession of arms, they said.

The man had no fixed address and travelled regularly between Sweden and Switzerland, where he had been receiving treatment for cocaine abuse, they alleged.

He was described as unemployed and psychologically unstable. But a psychiatric profile, established in 2002, attested that he had "no serious mental problems", reports said. Police declined to confirm any of the media reports.

Lindh, 46, died from her wounds a day after she was attacked. One of Europe's most respected and best-liked diplomats, Lindh had served as foreign minister since 1998 and was tipped as a possible successor to Prime Minister Goeran Persson.

Her murder rocked Sweden just days before it held a landmark referendum on joining the euro zone, for which Lindh's was an ardent campaigner.

In the end Swedes rejected the euro, despite predictions the "yes" vote would be boosted by sympathy towards Lindh.

Tuesday's arrest came as police, struggling to come up with results in the aftermath of the killing, considered offering a cash reward for the man's capure, a police source told AFP.

In 1986, police offered a reward for help in the search for the gunman who shot then prime minister Olof Palme in a central Stockholm street. The bounty offer is still valid.

Initially set at 500,000 kronor (55,000 euros, unadjusted for inflation), it has since been raised to 50 million kronor.

Before Tuesday's arrest, several other people had been taken in by police in connection with Lindh's murder case but all were released after questioning.

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Swede Police Arrest Minister Slay Suspect
Tuesday September 16, 2003 11:29 PM
By KARL RITTER

Associated Press Writer

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Police late Tuesday arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, after issuing an international alert with the photo of the attacker, a spokeswoman told The Associated Press.

The suspect was described as a Swedish man, but wasn't further identified. He was detained in near a restaurant in Solna, a suburb of the capital, Stockholm, police spokeswoman Stina Wessling told The Associated Press.

Police said that the suspect looks similar to the picture that was circulating and they were trying to determine if it's the same person.

When asked if the arrested man was the one in the pictures, police spokesman Leif Jennekvisthe said the suspect was ``not entirely different.''

The suspect will undergo DNA testing to see if his matches genetic material recovered from a baseball cap found near the scene. Police also recovered DNA from the knife, but the amount was too small for immediate use and was still undergoing processing.

``It was not a dramatic arrest,'' she said, adding that plain clothes officers arrested the unarmed Swede without incident.

Jennekvist said two other men were taken in for questioning, but were not considered suspects in the attack. He added that family members of the suspect they arrested were also questioned by police.

Jennekvist said that the man arrested wasn't the only person being pursued in the investigation.

``We have at least five people of high interest that we will check,'' he said.

Police released photos of a man who they said matched witnesses' descriptions of the person who attacked Lindh, a crime that shocked the country and cast a shadow over Sunday's referendum on whether to adopt the euro.

Most Swedish papers published photos in Monday's editions from the surveillance camera at the Nordiska Kompaniet department store showing the suspected attacker clad in a baseball cap and gray hooded Nike sweat shirt. Police also circulated photos to other countries via police agencies Europol and Interpol.

Earlier, police said they had completed a profile of the murderer, but declined to release details. They also said the search was in an ``intensive stage.''

Police spokesman Lars Groenskog told AP an arrest warrant had been issued but declined to if it was issued for a man who was captured on video by surveillance cameras at the department store where Lindh was stabbed in the stomach, chest and arms last Wednesday.

In Finland, investigators said they were examining surveillance footage from several ferries that make daily runs between Sweden and Finland, and border police were on the lookout for the suspect.

Danish police said they were on alert for the suspect, too.

Swedish news agency TT, citing a police source, said the man being sought was 35 and had been convicted of illegally owning a knife, as well as theft and vandalism. The news agency said the man, whom it didn't identify, spent eight months in jail for aggravated fraud.

The news agency also reported that the man didn't have a permanent home and had been moving around Stockholm. Citing court records, TT said the man claimed to have problems with alcohol and cocaine abuse.

Lindh's murder overshadowed Tuesday's opening of parliament, where lawmakers, government officials and royalty headed into the modern chamber for the first session since the slaying.

The speaker of the Riksdag, Bjoern von Sydow, told lawmakers that Lindh's killing had sent an icy wind sweeping over Sweden.

``The cold from that wind still has us in its grip. But despite the dark that has happened, her memory should be bright,'' he said at the session, which was opened by King Carl XVI Gustaf. Prime Minister Goeran Persson was set to deliver a speech later in the afternoon.

Authorities have said the attack did not appear to be politically motivated, though Lindh, who did not have bodyguards, was a prominent supporter of adopting the single European currency. Swedish voters overwhelmingly rejected the euro in Sunday's referendum.

An invitation-only memorial for Lindh planned by her Social Democratic Party was scheduled for Friday at Stockholm City Hall, and leaders from Britain, Finland, Norway and Denmark said they would attend. Foreign ministers from other countries had been invited, including U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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The likely killer was captured yesterday outside of a football game( which i attended ) he was even a fan of the same team as myself(Djurgården) He had no weapons so it was easy to catch him, i hope he'll get punished for what he did now when he's finally arrested.


How can you go to a football game where there are millions of cops when your picture has been on the front page of every possible newspaper in sweden?

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